1. While shopping online, be certain the site you are on begins with "https". The "S" means that the site is secure, which entails that you can safely enter your personal information without having to be worried about identity theft. If a site lacks the "S" in it, you may want to avoid using it.
2. To help protect your credit, use only one credit card for online purchases. This will help you quickly track your spending habits when the bank card statement will come in the mail. If you notice any charges that you simply did not make, call the credit card company immediately and report it to them.
3. When a company has a newsletter, sign up. Often, companies will give sneak peeks, promotions and online coupons to people on their mailing list. However, be careful. You don't want to sign up for every company's newsletter or you'll soon be buried under endless emails. Only subscribe to a company's newsletter should you really like their goods and would use a promotion code.
4. Be careful which sites you patronize. It is difficult to learn which are in the up and up and which can be not, but there are a few clues. If the address does not sound right or the design seems off, go to a different site. Additionally, if a bunch of pop-up windows begin appearing, close them out and move on.
5. If you're making an online purchase, don't hesitate to contact customer service if you have a matter. By contacting customer service before you make your order, you'll learn how helpful customer care is and how quickly they respond. This can be useful information to have when something goes completely wrong after you've made your purchase.